Artificial Intelligence: it is on everyone’s mouth at the moment. It is coming and should be welcomed for what it is.
As a Maths student, I thought that the “Mathematical language” was the universal language. It was my “Esperanto”: beautiful, absolute, and meant to be understood by all. Having access to the ins-and-outs of a new proof was to me, very alluring. Reassuring also, Mathematics was there to make sense of this world, even if I did not get it yet. On a lighter note, you can say that I was attracted by the “geeky side of the force”.
Nowadays, scientists in particular abstract scientists and mathematicians, have become trendy. They are being thought of after in many industries. How many models have already been developed with the help of complex computing? Although AI seems to be this new alien everyone has an opinion on and loves to be startled by, I would argue that it is only the natural development of what we have already seen in many areas.
As we adapt to AI being used in our everyday lives, we will see many changes but it will probably reinforce our human intelligence spectrum. After all, change at a fast pace is quite a human trait, it is not something new. For the past couple of centuries (at least) we have been on a fast track. Soon, we will choose AI for any repetitive, fast and accurate computing tasks. One should consider it done. Our challenge then will be to understand and welcome it as a tool and concentrate on the many remaining dilemmas. This is where, I believe, our Human Intelligence will help us grasp and continue to evolve beyond the new challenges we encounter (eg: environmental issues, medicine,….).
Social relations are not a trivial problem. It is outside the AI spectrum and becomes more and more a core topic in our global society. Learning how to behave with one another is extremely complex and yet fulfilling. It has been the focus of many philosophers for such a long time and yet, it was also seen as an elite problem.
As AI removes many admin or repetitive tasks/jobs, being culturally literate and able to function efficiently within a company will be more than a good skill to have. It will become essential. Through media globalization, one is often given a very shallow perception of other cultures & habits.
In practice, at work or in everyday life, being uninformed or unaware of local cultures would be quite detrimental. Not such an “elite” issue for those who have traveled or have had the time to reflect on the world. Cultural Intelligence is becoming fundamental to any mediation process, it is the first tool when facing conflicting concerns.
Many areas remain within the Human Intelligence domain. We will always look for a personal touch, that exclusive, made to measure service… What makes Singapore so special is specifically its blend of history, culture and forward thinking. Its audacity, tech and eco-friendly combination. (see my Work Culture training and Everyday Life training for a practical made to measure perspective).
The human intelligence is also part of every commercial progress: media, marketing, IT programs and many others integrate the human factor to their models to reach a targeted audience. The ability to value the human intelligence, to consider the cultural differences as a core value is no longer an optional skill but a fundamental set of tools to avoid culture crisis, misunderstanding, stress and disenchantment.
Through The Right Latitude, I have explored Singapore from an economic point of view but also grown to study the social topic of cross-culture even more.
I have come to realise the urgency of it and how far reaching this can get.
In Singapore or not, I hope that you too enjoy the journey on your Right Latitude.